January 15th, 2015
What The Frak!

Lately I’ve been keeping my head down, working on craft, and trying to finish a horror short story. (Mission accomplished on the last part.) Whether it will see the light of day is anyone’s guess, but I did my best. Anyhoo, that’s not what I wanted to talk about. On a couple of lists I belong to, there’s been a lot of conversations about indie authors versus traditionally published authors. Since I’m both, I don’t tend to join in. I can understand the excitement that comes from indie publishing. The rules have been tossed out the window, you don’t have any gatekeepers (not necessarily a good thing), and you reap whatever profits you make (always a good thing). Everything is AWESOME…or so the movie says. Which is why I don’t understand why some indie authors attack traditionally published authors and their publishing houses (Yes, I’m aware that it was just the opposite a few years ago. Some traditionally published authors did verbally attack the indies. That doesn’t make it right.). This is not a THEM vs. US game. It NEVER has been. Perhaps it’s to someone’s advantage for us to believe so, but it’s simply not true. Thinking it is frankly shows your immaturity and lack of experience. I certainly don’t want the publishing houses to fail. That would be VERY bad for indie authors. Anyone who thinks otherwise is wrong.

I chose to go Indie a few years ago because I was at a crossroads and didn’t know what I wanted to write. I’m glad that I did, but I did not choose indie to ‘stick it to N.Y.’ That kind of thinking is childish and bad for my business. That’s right, the first decision to go indie may have been made out of confusion, but the rest are business based. Now I know part of this division is due to what occurred between Amazon and N.Y., but not all of it. I think the bulk comes from fear. Fear that we’ve made a wrong decision–no matter what side we come down on in the debate. It’s time to let go of the fear and get back to standing together. Everything else is a waste of energy.

Speaking of getting back to it, I have a book to chart out and write. Carry on.

January 8th, 2015
Books That Got Me Reading

I was thinking back the other day about the books that got me reading certain genres. I’m sure all readers have these books shelved in the back of their minds. I decided to share my list, since I am doing a Goodreads reading challenge this year. So in no particular order, here are the books that got me reading these various genres. (And yes, I realize I’m missing several genres. I just haven’t found the books to introduce me to the other genres yet.) What books got you reading a particular genre? Do you still re-read them or have you moved on?

Historical Romance (I’m starting here because it’s the easiest.)

Ghost Fox (Not a romance at all, but I thought it was.) by James Houston
Prisoner of My Desire by Johanna Lindsey
The Hawk and the Dove by Virginia Henley (She’s written some of my favorite historicals.)
Desired by Virginia Henley
A Rose in Winter by Kathleen Woodiwiss
The Flame and The Flower by Kathleen Woodiwiss
Devil’s Bride by Stephanie Laurens

Paranormal Romance

Dark Prince by Christine Feehan
Secrets Volume 2 by Angela Knight et al.
Taming the Beast by Lora Leigh (Ellora’s Cave edition)
One Bite with a Stranger by Christine Warren (Ellora’s Cave edition)

Contemporary Romance (This for me is harder because I can’t remember specific books, but I remember the authors.

Lori Foster
Janelle Denison
Jill Shalvis
Julie Leto

Urban Fantasy

Guilty Pleasures by Laurell K. Hamilton
Something from the Nightside by Simon Green
Storm Front by Jim Butcher
Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice


Lightning by Dean Koontz
Edgar Allen Poe
It by Stephen King

Sci-fi/Fantasy (This will lean more toward fantasy because I prefer my Sci-fi to have some romance in it.)

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
Going Postal by Terry Pratchett
Pattern Recognition by William Gibson

Action Adventure

Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton
Sphere by Michael Crichton
Ice Station by Matthew Reilly
Amazonia by James Rollins

All these books have lead me toward so many writers. My favorites these days are Ilona Andrews, Jeaniene Frost, Cynthia Eden, Larissa Ione, Tessa Dare, Patricia Briggs, D.B. Reynolds, Karen Chance, and the list goes on and on and on.

December 31st, 2014
2014–Year at a Glance

2014 was a mixed bag year. We had a lot of friends and family get sick. Some recovered, some are on their way to recovery, and some aren’t going to get better. ☹ Anytime you have a year like that, you spend a lot of time reflecting on life and what you really want out of it.

It was nice to realize that this year I didn’t have anything major that I wanted to change for the New Year. But I have things I need to do more of. For example, I already exercise regularly (ie four to six days a week). I just need to do more of it for longer periods of time. Same with diet. I fast a couple of days a week. I’ve been doing this for over two years now. I’ve lost a chunk of weight because of it. Within the last two months, I found something that helps with the other days of the week. It’s teaching me proper portions and making me look at food differently. I need to continue by upping the days of week I do this from three to four. Between fasting a couple of days and proper portions (and nutrition), it will make me far healthier over time. I’ve also been meditating on and off. I need that to become a habit like exercise.

This year I started to cull my belongings. This includes files and unused software. I am not a hoarder by any stretch of the imagination, but I still have too much stuff. By the end of this year, I was beginning to feel buried by my belongings. That needs to change. The quickest way to do that is to go through my stuff and really ask if the items bring me joy or give me a sense of joy. If they do not, then they are thanked and donated. I’ve managed to get through my clothes and shoes. At present, I’m still wading through my office.

I am disappointed by the number of books I read this year. Normally I get sixty to seventy read in a year. This year I only managed to finish forty-six. I’m really going to try to do better next year, since reading makes me happy.

On the writing front, I had a decent amount of releases this year, but not nearly enough new work written. In Jan., the paperback version of Dead World 2: Scarlet came out. In Feb., Love’s First Bite anthology released. In May, Moonlight Kin 3: Nic was released. In July, Dead World 3: Crimson was released, along with the paperback versions of Moonlight Kin 1: A Wolf’s Tale and Moonlight Kin 2: Aidan’s Mate. Hawk’s Slave came out in September, along with the paperback version of Phantom Warriors 7: The Dark King. Moonlight Kin 4: Tristan and the Sensational Six anthology came out in November, along with a young adult novel under a different name. In December, I reworked an old novel and turned it into a two-parter under a different name.

At first glance, thirteen seems like a lot, but when you look closely you’ll see that much of what I’ve done this year is edit or re-edit a lot of work. I didn’t do a lot of writing. I did more than what was published (i.e. I started several other projects that aren’t done yet.), but overall I didn’t write much new material. I cannot afford to have this occur again in 2015.

My writing schedule for 2015 is pretty ambitious. I am focusing on 1000 words a day, six days a week. It’s just enough to be challenging some days and not so much as to burn me out. I’ve already announced this news in my Endless Summers’ Newsletter, but one of the things I’ll be working on next year is a spin-off from the Phantom Warriors called Phantom Warriors: Pit Fighters. These stories will be grittier than the regular Phantoms and might hold more suspense. There will be at least three of these novellas released next year. I’ve posted two of the covers below to give you a sneak peek of what’s to come. I’ll also be writing the final novel in the Moonlight Kin series, Moonlight Kin 5: Lucien. In addition to these titles, I’m also writing young adult under another name. I’ll be writing and releasing four titles for that, which will bring my goal for next year to a whopping eight releases. I have a lot more books planned on both fronts. I just have to get better at managing my time and writing schedule.

Other new things in the pipeline will be having my website completely re-designed. It’s been the same for years, so it’s definitely time. I hope you all have a very Happy New Year and may 2015 treat you kindly.





December 10th, 2014
Darn Ducks

I know I’ve been very quiet. I’ve been trying to get my ducks in order. Trying to get your ducks in order is harder than trying to herd cats. (You heard it here first.) I’m reading this lovely book called The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo. It’s quite a Zen way of looking at tidying. You’re not just cleaning. You are changing your life by changing the space around you. I am really enjoying it, though it does frighten me. (I have a very difficult time letting go of certain things.) I’m also reading Your First 1000 Copies by Tim Grahl (because I am sucktastic at marketing) and Beauty and the Blacksmith by Tessa Dare (because she rocks). How’s that for variety?! *ggg

Anyway, back to tidying. The key is to go through everything you own and ask yourself ‘Does this item bring me joy’, starting with your clothes and slowly work your way through your entire house. It’s tough, but I think it’ll be worth it once I get the ball rolling. Watch out shoes! You’re next. Evil laugh.

November 18th, 2014
Sensational Six Blog Tour

I mentioned here and in my newsletter that there would be a blog tour for the Sensational Six Box Set. Here is the tour schedule:
There are more Tour stops to come, and you can still get entered to win at the prior stops as well. So don’t miss out! (I stole this last line from Gini Koch.)

Sensational Six Ginormous Blog Tour
11-17 Ebooks Galore
11-18 A Bit Bookish
11-19 Spreading the Word
11-20 Shelly’s Books
11-21 BeanieBrain Reader
11-22 Midnight Angel Book Heaven
11-24 Undercover Book Reviews
11-25 A Girl Who Loves Books
11-26 Ebook Addicts
11-27 Literature Litehouse
11-28 Butterflies Books Dreams
11-29 One Last Page Book Blog
11-30 Angee’s Afterthoughts
12-1 Sassy Mom Says Read Romance
12-2 Carpe_Diem
12/3 A Book Addicts Delight
12/4 Panty Dropping Book Blog
12-5 Indy Book Fairy
12-6 Jen’s Reading Obsession
12-7 Snarky Mom Reads
12-8 101 Ways to Make Love to a Spoon
12-9 Ella Jade
12-10 LBM Book Blog
12-11 Author Sandra Love
12-12 2 biliophiles
12-14 The Color of Ink
12-15 Claire Fully Reads
12-16 Amanda’s Blog

November 13th, 2014
Moonlight Kin 4: Tristan Has Been Released

Moonlight Kin 4: Tristan is officially out in the world. There are a few slow pokes **cough**Nook and Kobo**cough**, but hopefully it will appear there soon. I thought about putting the book up for preorder, but the truth is I felt guilty for being a week late. (blush) For those of you signed up for my newsletter, it should be winging its way into your inboxes. This version includes lots of goodies and a few secrets. ;)

I’ve also seen preorder buttons for the Sensational Six box set. It’s going to be like Christmas in November around here. Enjoy! :)

November 6th, 2014
Cue the Jeopardy Music

Moonlight Kin 4: Tristan is out of edits and sitting in the formatter’s inbox. It will not get formatted until next week. I’ll keep you posted as soon as I have a guess when the release date will be. All I can say for sure is it’ll be sometime next week. *ggg I’ve also had Atlantean’s Quest 1: The Arrival reproofed. I didn’t make a lot of changes to it because I wrote the book so long ago **cough**12 years ago**cough**. (Yeah, I can’t believe it either.) I just wanted to make sure typos and such were cleaned up. Yes, the book had been edited professionally, but that was years ago. I’ve also added a After The Happily Ever After to the back of it. My newsletter subscribers will get a peek at the extension first because they’re special. :) The Arrival will be re-released next month in ebook and paperback.

There’s much going on behind the scenes, but not a lot I can talk about yet. I appreciate your patience. Have a great weekend.